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it with a condition, but the conditions will not be met. i think this is a clear sign that the problem in the film more community is that we don't have that organization or didn't in the past so the community was in a vacuum and over 40 years of redevelopment, you see the scars of the redevelopment agency. just bad, bad news. i'm tired of the back-and-forth. i know we're going to have a schoolyard fight when it comes to our next supervisor for the district. thank you, ross, for your services ind5. everyone in our district knows if you start pointing fingers, who do we point the figures that? money is the issue. i have always said that we
should invest in the people who is already there. if you don't, you get out comes like you see now where ec safeway pulling out, the fillmore center pulling out and now we are back at square one. notwithstanding the fillmore action plan, it might work, it might not. but we are in the fourth quarter again and we have people leaving. we still have the depopulation of blacks and san francisco and now we have a cbd that is folding. and i was supporting it a lot when it started with ace and a few other community members. i feel i have a right to say it failed and i'm willing to work with the city and i represent a film or lower the neighborhood association and we are ready to get busy and start and do. [tone] -- started a do. president chiu: next speaker
please. >> i was born in keizer gary down the street from the fillmore. ♪ it's time we lead ♪ and what we need to rename it the fillmore cbd ♪ ♪ the fillmore stars are out tonight and they're going to shine on a bright ♪ though way i'm feeling, what we need is to read a bit the fillmore cbd ♪ president chiu: any other members of the public which to speak in opposition? seeing none, let me see if there are any final comments folks
like to make. supervisor mirkarimi: i take a bit of a hybrid, both for and against reflecting on why the cbd is not going to be renewed. i said this before, not all cbd's are created equal. this is the only one a former redevelopment zone area that would shouldered with the responsibility of trying to rectify 45 years of redevelopment jurisdiction in an area that had been seriously and adversely impacted for those four plus decades. that required a very tailored approach by this city and others who i think tried their best over several years in nurturing i think a healthy and productive cbd.
but what needs to be spotlighted is the inequity of how these cbd's are designed. the fact that safeway, who is quite true with what reverend townshend said, it's one of the most profitable safeway's and all of san francisco and to came during the pre -- during a time every development when it benefited to their profit motive. then to the fillmore center, whose own has a desire to see all the tenants in their building be displaced so that they then be converted into condominiums because of the agreement they thought they struck with the redevelopment agency. it's not an agreement as supervisor i would honor, so we stopped that from happening and now there's a lawsuit in pursuit right now. based on the consequences of
those interest comes the byproduct of the fact that they don't want to be partnered to something known as the cbd. i say thank you to all the stakeholders who tried to make the best of a situation they inherited, not cost. that sends a strong message back to the city that if you want to help answer the question about how to make cbd's work that are in a community, a diverse community but one that the african-american community, speak to the larger concerns about the out-migration of african-americans and speak to the concerns that stem from the legacy of redevelopment. that will get down to some of the core philosophies of what works and what doesn't like a cbd in the fillmore. as of the basic mechanics of someone doing better bookkeeping or someone liking someone who is their next-door neighbor, this is a legacy of something that did not work well and occurred
for over 40 years. it comes to a head in the product of us debating whether a vote of thecbd will extended to this institution or not. we should not be surprised by this only because a reflects the larger history of what has occurred in a community that i don't think the rest of san francisco might quite understand. thank you. president chiu: colleagues, any final comments? at this time, i'm going to close the public hearing. the tabulations of ballots cast will begin and the board of supervisors will continue with the remainder of our agenda until the tabulation has been completed, at which time our clerk will inform us as to the results. at this time, i would like to move to our 3:30 special commendations. i know we have a number of special commendations today.
supervisor mirkarimi: i believe the public defender is here. colleagues, we are commanding in the 90th anniversary of the creation of office of public defender in the state of california. in 1921, the california legislation passed the public defender act after the california first female lawyer who spent years advocating for the creation of a public defender's office to provide legal assistance to poor people in criminal law cases. later in 1921 and corresponding to the public defenders sacked, the san francisco board of supervisors passed an ordinance creating the office of public defender. san francisco has the only elected public defender in the state of california.
there of the seven elected public defenders and the city of san francisco. public defender has been progressive italy innovating, adding it defense of indigent clients in 1954, broadened diversity with the hiring of the first female african-american attorney and first african- american chief deputy in 1974. i know the clean slate program has been a success. the public defender has a record of 790. a batting average of 700 homicide cases. 3500 clean slate participants with a clearing the record of 1200. it has helped people re-enter society more effectively. a behavioral court made it 37%
reduction and i think it's a phenomenal model that other counties around the country are trying to follow. the zero used in incarceration. the public defender presently handle 60% of all felony cases and 70% of all this to the cases filed by the district attorney. our public defenders no stranger to this body, especially around budgetary concerns. we are more than delighted to be commemorating he and the office of public defender on the 90th anniversary. [applause] >> thank you very much for sponsoring this resolution. this is our 90th year. our office was one of the first public defender offices in the country and after spending 20
years advocating for the public defender office, it was the first woman attorney that came up with the idea and concept of a public defender, 70 years before the supreme court ruled there was a constitutional right to a state-funded attorneys. our office was formed in 1921. we have sort of been the stepchild of the criminal justice system. it has always been a struggle, given our caseloads and workloads. i especially want to acknowledge and thank all the attorneys and staff who worked at the public defender's office over the 90- year history. we have represented over 2 million people in that time. i also want to thank the mayor and the board of supervisors for your continuing support of our mission and i continue to look
forward to working with you all in the future and continue to serve the needs of severance siskins -- the needs of a san franciscans, indeed the council. [applause] supervisor mirkarimi: the next hot recognition is one that explains why this room is standing-room-only. this is a significant milestone. recognize our illustrious sheriff, sheriff mike hennessey, who is retiring after 32 years of service. [applause]
i will give a little bit of introduction. colleagues, you may have something to have. -- something to add. sheriff mike hennessey is the 34th sheriff of san francisco since the first year of was elected in 1850. sheriff mike hennessey is the longest serving sheriff in california and probably one of the longest serving in the guided states, but we have been trying to verify that. i can see has served under seven mayors in san francisco and served during a time of 15 police chiefs. he oversees a department where it receives more than 40,000 people per year booked into the
jails. he first served in the legal consul. in 1975, shares had a c founded jail legal services -- sheriff hennessy founded jail legal services which served as a training ground for law students and two attorneys to hone in on their legal skills, also known as prisoner legal services. a nationally recognized leader including recruiting women and gay men and lesbians. i'm immensely proud to note is completely -- those hired by the sheriff's department is the most perverse not just in california, but in the united states. the department has the highest representation of women and minorities than any major law enforcement in the nation, more than 7% of the total foreign. he has received 15 consecutive
annual awards from the state of california for the excellence of late trading. he's one of the nation's pioneers in establishing a new generation, direct supervision jails that i've proven to be safer and more cost-effective than traditional facilities, typically designed around linear cellblocks. i have been long familiar with his work, long before i was elected to the board of supervisors. share of hennessy is in my opinion the most innovative sheriff in the united states. -- share of hennessy. that has now seen replication by some of the most conservative counties and the state and this nation that see the wisdom these programs are either left or right but make complete common sense because the central theme is trying to reduce recidivism. some of those very programs that are now catching the eye of many around the country was the creation of the nation's first
charter high school in our jail system. he created the eviction assistance unit where tenants facing eviction are actually contacted and that offer counseling and referrals for those facing homelessness. the creation of a resolve to stop the violence program, and because the drug treatment program, and of course from one of his predecessors in being able to fortify and deadheads the garden project and the earth storage program, community and tie violence programs. creating the first women's resource recovery unit as well. amongst the many other programs that are designed to address san francisco and california's chronic need to deal with recidivism. share of hennessy is supported by an amazing staff of over
1000. many have been here since the beginning. there are only three people, less, maybe more that have been hired since the time before sherriff hennessy. needless to say, who is going to try to fill his shoes? it's an possible. [laughter] -- in its in possible. i'm proud to present to you small token of our appreciation to i think this nation's finest sheriff, share of tennessee. -- sheriff hennessey. [applause]
>> thank you very much. it's been an exciting 32 years. i want to thank this board for its support and not making the interim mayor. [laughter] honestly. that made my last 12 months much more peaceful and and i've had i want to thank this board for its support and no department, elected official in san francisco can run its operation alone. it requires the support of other public officials and this board has been very generous with its support of the assets past members of the board of supervisors, including [reading names]
president chiu: if you could stick around, i think there are a few more words that need to be said. supervisor farrell: it's an amazing day to see you in front of the board. colleagues and supervisor mirkarimi articulated so well in your accomplishments. i does have some personal words. i have known sherriff and see my whole life. yet my father were in college and a still remained friends. i will never forget when you're around our table asking for donations for alumni of the usf and doing a great job.
i have never in politics or elsewhere, to this day, i cannot think of anyone more full of integrity, a more trustworthy and honest person that i've ever come across in my life. obviously it is going to be a great loss for you leaving our city. emigrate new sheriff coming to replace you but -- we have a great new share of coming to replace sheep. i think you were the first person i talked with about running for office. i'm going to miss you on a personal level. even the great friends to me and my family and i want to say thank you. i will miss you in city hall and i hope you enjoy every single minute of your retirement. >> thank you. [applause] supervisor campos: thank you very much, mr. president.
let me begin by thanking you for being here. i was proud to cast my vote for you to be interim mayor and things work out a certain way, but let me say i think you would have done an amazing job for the city as you have all these years. one thing people need to know is that you are a district 9 a resident. it's not surprising you live in district 9, given the great talent you bring to this office. people do not understand the depth of your contributions. i speak as someone who is an immigrant. i speak as someone who represents a segment of the population that is immigrant, also latino. for that community, you have been a tremendous champion for
civil rights. for the recognition of the dignity of every individual, and for understanding that we as local government have a role and function to play and it is not our job to be in the business of enforcing immigration law. you have been steadfast in that. against a great deal of pressure. and the risk of personal loss. you have stood ground. for that, history will judge you kindly. on behalf of that community i want to thank you for your leadership and for being the hero that you are and will continue to be. thank you. [applause] president chiu: supervisor kim. supervisor kim: i want to thank you for your thoughtful and progressive leadership at the sheriff's office. i do not think that everyone gets to appreciate the
importance of the week -- work you do and the importance of your leadership. i have a fortune of being able to work with your staff members as a school board member. i want to acknowledge that 60% of the population you work with our san francisco students that drop out. that deep reflection on what that means, the systems that we create and how unfortunate it is that people get the services they need whether it is the process to get their ged, to go to school, to have housing, to get fed and to get the employment training services they need when they are put in prison. a lot of the services would not exist if it were not for the leadership you have exhibited and the incredible stuff you have put together and hired and i want to specifically thank sunny schwartz and steve good. sunny inspired me.
also to our school district so awe are not pushing them out. we tried to address the harm and rectify that. instead of pushing them out into the system you get to lead. i want to appreciate the work that you have done is intentional. the good that you produce has not happened by default. i want to commend the amazing staff in general. i have had nothing but incredibly positive interactions with all the deputy sheriffs at city hall. that is a slice of your staffing but that speaks to your leadership. people treat others as their supervisors tree that man that comes from the top. thank you for your 32 years. you will be missed and you have made an incredible impact for this city and county of san francisco. >> thank you.
[applause] president chiu: our final colleague who will speak will be supervisor avalos. supervisor avalos: i am honored you are here. i agree with the comments of my colleagues on the board. you have brought innovation and a civil rights approach, will care and compassion to your work as sheriff. i want to the knowledge that with my colleagues and let the world now, we have a room packed because people know i recognize your great service as well. what often gets overlooked in your record is the great museum of your office. all the paraphernalia you have from baseball and the giants. i was pleased i got to add to that with the krazy krab bobblehead.
the least i could do is bring that to your office after the budget was cut. we could create a corner where we could see that. you have a legacy of baseball history, something that was worthwhile. we got to see what's the other parts of your life were like and the passions you have. i wish you all the best in your future. you have a lot of great work to do ahead of you. just as the time you have with your family will be meaningful and important. i wish you all the best. >> thank you. [applause] president chiu: there is one more colleague who would like to say a few words. >>supervisor chu: i want to thak
you personally. whether i was working with you from the budget office, you were always extremely gracious to help educate me about the operations of the sheriff's department and that has helped all us understand the operations better. i wanted to say thank you because you have always exhibited such patients and kindness. you see so many people who are here to support you. you have been a wonderful leader. and what to say thank-you for all your leadership for san francisco. also because of how you have touched people over the years. thank you. >> thank you. [applause] president chiu: there are a couple of remaining comments. supervisor farrell: i do not know how many people know this. because of the retirement party, i saw this on the wall.
to think about his impact on the city but also his electoral record. he has been floated for over 1 million san franciscans have cast ballots for the share of over the course of his career and i am not sure anyone else in san francisco can see that. it is an amazing record. thank you for everything and congratulations. [applause] president chiu: i would like to speak for 30 seconds and supervisor mirkarimi has some closing comments. when i was a criminal prosecutor at the hall of justice, my colleagues and i may have made some decisions that make -- did not make every criminal defendant happy. i want to thank you for the work you did and the leadership you provided to your deputies for the protection and work that you did at the hall of justice. we all understand that in the field of public safety, it is
often difficult to have a rational and delivered of conversations about what we can do to be smart on crime and to put some meaning into the word rehabilitation. i want to thank you for your 32 years of being a champion on that and i very much hope, i know our next sheriff will fall in that mold. i hope that public safety officials will be part of what i think you have exemplified, the best of our cities values. thank you for that. for the final comments? >> supervisor mirkarimi: i want to thank you and recognize also chief of staff first -- hearst. what made mike the amazing excellent share of that he is of course -- because of the incredible staff that he has with him and some of them are here.